14 days in France Itinerary

14 days in France Itinerary

Created using Inspirock France trip planner

Make it your trip
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Paris
— 4 nights
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Nice
— 4 nights
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Marseille
— 3 nights
Drive
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Avignon
— 1 night
Train
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Lyon
— 1 night
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Paris

— 4 nights

City of Light

A beautiful and romantic city fit for any itinerary, Paris brims with historic associations and remains vastly influential in the realms of culture, art, fashion, food and design.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Eiffel Tower and Louvre Museum. Your inner history buff will appreciate Montmartre and Île de la Cité. Get out of town with these interesting Paris side-trips: Versailles (Palace of Versailles, The Trianons & The Hamlet, &more), Cite du Champagne (in Ay) and Arboretum de la Vallee-aux-Loups (in Chatenay-Malabry). The adventure continues: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre, appreciate the extensive heritage of Latin Quarter, indulge in some personalized pampering at Espace Bien Etre des Vaux de Cernay, and get a taste of the local shopping with Champs-Elysees.

For where to stay, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Paris visit planner.

Leeds, UK to Paris is an approximately 4.5-hour flight. You can also take a train; or do a combination of car and train. The time zone changes from Greenwich Mean Time to Central European Standard Time, which is usually a 1 hour difference. In December, plan for daily highs up to 9°C, and evening lows to 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Sun) early enough to fly to Nice.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Parks · Tours

Side Trips

Nice

— 4 nights

Nissa la Bella (Nice the Beautiful)

Well-known for the beautiful views of its famous Promenade des Anglais waterfront, Nice is an ethnically-diverse coastal port city on the French Riviera and the fifth most populated city in France.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Lérins Islands and Vieille Ville. Get some historical perspective at Rue d'Antibes and La Croisette. Get out of town with these interesting Nice side-trips: Cannes (Île Sainte-Marguerite, Plage Mace, &more), La Pointe de l'Aiguille (in Theoule sur Mer) and Juan les Pins Main Beach (in Juan-les-Pins). The adventure continues: enjoy the sand and surf at Blue Beach, take a stroll through Avenue Jean Medecin, admire the masterpieces at Musee d'Art Moderne Et d'Art Contemporain, and stroll through Eze Sur Mer Strand.

To find ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Nice online travel planner.

Traveling by flight from Paris to Nice takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Paris in December; daily highs in Nice reach 17°C and lows reach 8°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Thu) early enough to drive to Marseille.

Things to do in Nice

Outdoors · Parks · Tours · Wildlife

Side Trips

Marseille

— 3 nights

Gateway to Provence

The 2013 European "Capital of Culture," Marseille is the largest port city on the breezy Mediterranean coast and the second largest city in France.
Escape the urban bustle at Bestouan Beach and Plage de l’Arene. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Cours Mirabeau and The Panier. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Marseille: Aix-en-Provence (Paul Cezanne’s Studio, Hotel de Caumont - Art Centre, &more), Basilique Sainte-Marie-Madeleine (in Saint-Maximin-la-Sainte-Baume) and Cassis (Plage de la Grande Mer, Plage du Corton, &more). The adventure continues: take in the spiritual surroundings of Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde, see the interesting displays at Pavillon M, take a leisurely stroll along Le Vieux Port, and get engrossed in the history at Museum of European and Mediterranean Civilisations.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Marseille road trip planning tool.

You can drive from Nice to Marseille in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. Traveling from Nice in December, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be slightly colder in Marseille, with lows of 5°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Avignon.

Things to do in Marseille

Outdoors · Historic Sites · Museums · Parks

Side Trips

Avignon

— 1 night

City of Popes

An ancient town center surrounded by medieval ramparts, Avignon is a major city of Provence and a Mediterranean city in the Vaucluse department on the left bank of the Rhône River.
On the 12th (Sun), make a trip to Place de l'Horloge and then make a trip to Street of Dyers (Rue de Teinturiers).

To see reviews, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Avignon trip builder app.

You can drive from Marseille to Avignon in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Marseille in December, with highs in Avignon at 11°C and lows at 1°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Mon) early enough to catch the train to Lyon.

Things to do in Avignon

Wineries · Tours · Historic Sites · Parks

Side Trip

Lyon

— 1 night

Culinary Capital of France

Lyon is a historical city with a vibrant cultural scene as the birthplace of cinema, the silk capital of the globe, and the second biggest Renaissance city following Venice.
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Mon): don't miss a visit to Traboules du Vieux Lyon.

For maps, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Lyon road trip planner.

Take a train from Avignon to Lyon in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In December, plan for daily highs up to 9°C, and evening lows to 1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Tue) to allow time to drive back home.

Things to do in Lyon

Wineries · Tours · Historic Sites · Spas

France travel guide

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Architectural Buildings · Landmarks · Historic Sites
France has been the world's most popular tourist destination for decades, and geographically, it is one of the most diverse countries in Europe. Its cities are holiday hot spots and contain some of the greatest treasures in Europe, its countryside is prosperous and well tended, and it boasts dozens of major tourist attractions, like Paris, the French Riviera, the Atlantic beaches, the winter sport resorts of the French Alps, as well as the castles of the Loire Valley, Brittany, and Normandy. The country is renowned for its gastronomy, particularly wines and cheeses, as well as its history, culture, and fashion industry.

You'll find that the French people are very polite and may react coldly to you if you forget this. You might be surprised as you're greeted by other customers and the proprieter when you walk into a restaurant or a shop. Be sure to take your sightseeing off the beaten path in France. Besides the famous Eiffel Tower and the chic resorts of the Côte d'Azur (French Riviera) you'll find many places to visit in the form of museums filled with fine art, crafts, and archaeological relics, wonderful medieval villages and castles, diverse national parks, and local shopping direct from artisans themselves.

Whether you're touring the Christmas Markets or going skiing during winter, viewing the springtime influx of color in Provence, sunbathing on the Mediterranean coast in the summer, or watching the fall foliage against the backdrop of the châteaux in the Loire Valley, you're sure to find just the right place to be. Spring is a time when the tourist attractions are just starting to expand their hours, but it may still be cold in the mountainous regions and the north. Summer is the busiest time in France with the longest hours for many museums and attractions, but it's often when you will experience the most crowds. Winter in France is filled with winter carnivals, Christmas Markets, and of course, skiing. Fall is a time to celebrate the release of Beaujolais nouveau wine in November, as well as experience Nuit Blanche, a day in October when major attractions, museums, galleries, parks, and swimming pools remain open all night.